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Firmware / Electrical Engineering Director

Company: Product Creation Studio
Location: Seattle
Posted on: August 7, 2022

Job Description:

Product Creation Studio is an award-winning, fast-paced, full-service product development firm located in Seattle's booming South Lake Union tech center. We are searching for an exceptional Electrical and Embedded Software Engineer Director to join our dynamic and talented team. Our diverse group moves ideas from sketch to reality with a wide range of clients. We are obsessed with creating inspiring products that enhance people's lives for consumer, research, industrial and medical applications and we have fun doing it! This is a Director level position that is responsible for the Firmware and Electrical Engineering team ensuring project execution, development best practices, and driving the optimization of processes and tools. The electrical and embedded software team at PCS has a wide range of responsibilities throughout the product development lifecycle, including requirements validation and capture, task scoping, architecture, implementation, verification, testing, and manufacturing support. You will collaborate with sales and prospective clients to win new business, develop project plans, and scope new development efforts. You will work collaboratively with other team members and practice areas from mechanical engineering, project management, industrial design, usability, UX design, account management, and sales. Your team implements electronics and software for execution on custom embedded platforms. The team embedded software areas of technical expertise include register level interfacing, RTOS integration, version control systems and configuration management, unit test, C, C++ programming languages, Bluetooth and BLE, I2C, SPI, single wire and multi-wire serial and parallel interfaces, IoT security considerations, power management, low power considerations, real-time coding, implementation on resource -constrained 8-bit microcontrollers up to high performance memory rich 32-bit systems, implementations with hardware timers, PWMs, ADCs, DACs, and IMUs. The hardware team's areas of focus include digital/analog circuit design and board layout of custom PCBAs, primary and secondary battery circuits, AC power circuits, display interfaces, and custom microcontroller and SOC controllers. The team also supports regulatory testing related to FCC, CE and UL, and IEC 60601 medical design safety. A segment of PCS projects are medical device development projects that require PCS developed under an ISO 13485 component development process. You will assure compliance and improve the efficiency of the PCS IEC 62304 compliant software development process. Role Execution - Director/Department Responsibilities: Technical

  • Develop aggressive but attainable project plans and scoping to support new client engagements.
  • Serve as the first point of contact within the team/department for technical issues, design review signoff, etc.
  • The first point of contact for other departments (including account management) making inquiries about technical strategies or needs
  • Work with Marketing and Sales to develop leads, proposals and contracts
  • Mentors practitioners for continued improvement
  • Accountable for team thought leadership both internal and external
  • Enforces and enhances development best practices that include architecture and API reviews, ensuring regular and timely design and code reviews, setting up automated build processes (when applicable), design for test and re-use, and ensuring efficient development approaches for unit test, integration test, and generation and execution of verification protocols.
  • Enforce hardware development best practices including design reviews, component library management, schematic and layout review checklists, DFM, and DFT. Resource Management
    • Works with Project Managers on resource availability and strategies
    • Identify technical support resources for prospect meetings, proposals, and other marketing efforts
    • Performance reviews
    • Along with upper management, identify staffing needs and enact changes where necessary (hiring, firing, and reviews)
    • Interviews and hire resources
    • Accountable for departmental mentorshipTeam communication
      • Facilitates priorities and needs to PMs and practitioners
      • Departmental point of contact to managementFinancial
        • Accountable for meeting departmental productivity targets.
        • Oversees purchase requests from PMs and practitioners
        • Prioritize and communicate team needs that affect budget
        • Manages Departmental budgets and planning Process
          • Set team expectations for work process and procedures
          • Drive departmental improvements
          • Facilitate team training and expertise development
          • Ensure that all of the above responsibilities are assigned and accounted for either by themselves or by team leads Project Management Responsibilities:
            • Responsible for the quality of departmental Project Billable hours
            • May take on Account Management roles for high-level client needs Practitioner Responsibilities (Firmware or Electrical Engineer)
              • Supports system engineering or project manager roles on selected projects.
              • May act as a practitioner but should focus on enhancing and enabling departmental practitioners.
              • Has the skills and competency of the aforementioned departmental practitioner Required Experience
                • 3+ years hand-on design experience developing PCB level electronics for commercial products.
                • 3+ years hands-on development experience developing low-level, real-time, embedded system software.
                • 3+ years experience managing technical staff in a manager or engineering lead role.
                • Have taken two or more new products through all phases of product development from concept to production on a multi discipline project.
                • Familiar with phased based, product development methodologies. Proficient in developing structured, multi-phased project plans for multiple discipline new product development projects.
                • BS in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, or equivalent experience
                • Knowledge of software best practices including design review, source code control, build environments, and testing methodologies including automated testing methods
                • Experience with supporting regulatory compliance (FCC, UL, FDA, CE Mark).
                • Able to comfortably read and understand circuit schematics and take an active role in design reviews.
                • Puts the Customer First: Has a relentless focus on the customer. Understands what the customer wants and how to deliver those needs best.
                • Works Well with Others: Listens and communicates well with others within and outside of Product Creation Studio. Creates a team environment that is positive and productive.
                • Promotes and fosters collaboration among team members..
                • Leads Courageously: Takes personal responsibility to do the right thing, and persists in times of challenge or uncertainty. Adapts quickly to change and makes timely, thoughtful decisions.
                • Achieves Results: Understands what drives overall business success and is accountable to prioritize and deliver quality results. Anticipates obstacles and takes action to prevent or minimize their impact.
                  Desired experience
                  • Medical device development under design controls or development under another regulated industry process.
                  • Familiarity with ISO 13485 and IEC 62306 process compliant development processes on products requiring IEC 60601 safety compliance.
                  • Design experience for low power, handheld products
                  • Automated manufacturing test design experience, manufacturing configuration management and process control

Keywords: Product Creation Studio, Seattle , Firmware / Electrical Engineering Director, Professions , Seattle, Washington

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